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Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman
Minnesota congressman picks up high-profile backing from AFL-CIO

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO shown here on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in July, said Rep. Keith Ellison “meets the high standard working people expect.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The executive council of one of the country’s largest labor union collectives officially endorsed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Thursday for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. 

AFL-CIO to Working Class: Trump is Not Your Friend
New ad shows Trump decrying high wages and bragging that he's "really rich"

The nation's largest federation of labor unions has released an ad calling Donald Trump no friend of the working man, possibly to counter his appeal among white, blue-collar voters.  

An ad from the AFL-CIO shows Trump saying wages are too high, talking about his father giving him a million dollar loan, and bragging that he is "really rich."   

Administration Expands Overtime Pay Eligibility
Biden: 'Either way, the worker wins'

Construction workers in December in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Obama administration is making it possible for more American workers to receive overtime pay, the first such hike in a dozen years.  

The federal rule change essentially means businesses will have to send some workers home each week after they have hit 40 hours or pay them overtime wages.  

Obama Meets Senate Democrats in Baltimore After Lunch With Mikulski (Updated)

Mikulski had lunch with Obama Thursday ahead of his address to the Democratic retreat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:40 p.m. | BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama may not be Jay Leno, but he has earned top billing at the annual issues conference for Senate Democrats at a hotel where he's speaking Thursday.  

His mid-afternoon appearance is entirely off limits to the media, in contrast to his 2010 appearance down the street for a similar retreat  with House Republicans. This year, most of the media attention was with the new Senate majority GOP and their House counterparts, who huddled for a joint retreat in Hershey, Pa.  

Harkin's HELP Committee Shows Off the Lost Art of Legislating

Alexander, left, and Harkin have racked up legislative victories on the HELP Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ask Sen. Tom Harkin about his committee's work this Congress and he's ready to rattle off a key statistic.  

"Fourteen bills. More than any other committee in the Congress. Fourteen bills signed into law."